lilja maría Ásmundsdóttir
Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir is a composer, audio-visual artist and a pianist from Reykjavík, Iceland. She is currently studying masters in composition at City, University of London with Claudia Molitor and is aiming for graduation in October 2018. Lilja has attended composition tutorials with composers such as John A. Speight, Jennifer Walshe, Newton Armstrong, Tullis Rennie, Aaron Einbond and Miguel Mera. Lilja graduated with a B.Mus. degree in piano performance from Iceland Academy of the Arts in the spring 2016. Her teacher was Peter Máté. Before she studied with Þórunn Hulda Guðmundsdóttir at Tónskóli Sigursveins D. Kristinssonar. Lilja also studied visual arts at Gardabaer College and graduated in the spring 2013. In the summer 2016 she received a grant from the Icelandic Student Innovation Fund to develop the sound and light sculpture Hulda, a new audio-visual instrument of her own design. Her advisors were Berglind María Tómasdóttir, associate professor in contemporary music performance at Iceland Academy of the Arts and Jón Marinó Jónsson, violin maker. The project was one of five projects nominated for The President’s Innovation Award. In the autumn 2016, Lilja was an intern with the pianist and inventor Sarah Nicolls. They worked together on ideas related to visual-sound installations and sound sculptures. Lilja is a part of the art ensemble Hlökk along with Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir and Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir. They premiered new pieces at the Dark Music Days Festival 2018 in Reykjavík. Pieces from their concert were broadcasted on the radio shows Víðsjá on The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, Hear and Now on BBC Radio 3 and Late Junction, also on BBC Radio 3.